For decades, the cricket bat remained unchanged, and the very best carried the same style and would be made from the same wood in the same size and have a very similar weight. As such, it is easy to assume that those bats from the 20th century are the classic bats that made the game what it is today and in turn that they will also tend to be the best quality and style for players to use.
However, that is not the case, and whilst they remained unchanged for 50 years or more, the design of bats today is almost unrecognisable from that of those fabricated even twenty five years ago.
Whilst they may share similarities, today’s designs are a world apart and help modern cricketers to be faster, more accurate and send the ball further than ever before.
Size is a big thing, and modern bats are indeed larger, yet advances in technology have meant that larger cricket bats can be made to weigh the same as or less than their older relatives.
What this means for many is that those classic bats they use for nostalgic reasons and often just for luck may be doing them more harm than good and that anyone with a bat that is getting on in years should always look to the most recent designs if they want to compete with those around them as effectively as possible.
It is often hard to tell one from another without picking them up. It may seem that a larger bat may be a hindrance, and indeed it would if it were heavier too. Therefore, when browsing for new bats online try to find out the size, weight and shape of the bats on sale before you make your decision, as size alone can be very misleading indeed.